Welcome to Descanso Pediatrics
Descanso Pediatrics has been serving the community of La Cañada
for over 60 years. We are well integrated into the community and take
great pride in providing excellent medical care.
Our physicians practice in a personalized manner and are dedicated to ensuring
the optimal health and well-being of your children. We treat children
from newborn through 19 years of age, and we understand that every child's
needs are unique.
Our physicians enjoy strong relationships with specialists in the community,
including those at Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles,
and UCLA, which allows for convenient access to leading pediatric specialists.
We look forward to seeing you in our office and caring for your children!
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am (By Appointment Only)
Walk-in Appointments, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 8:50 am
Are you a new patient?
here for new patient forms and notices.
Adrian Castro, MD, FAAP
"Becoming a Pediatrician allowed me to combine my interest in science
with my fascination for watching the natural curiosity and love of the
world that children and adolescents have. Everyday I walk into our exam
rooms happy to care for my patients. I work diligently to be a partner
to parents, providing them with direction and support to ensure their
children recover from illness, stay healthy, and reach their full potential.
Being a parent of two has made me realize how heart-wrenching it can be
to ever see your little ones suffering. So I have become so much more
empathetic to parents who sometimes need reassurance that their children
will be ok, or need just a hand to hold when things are going to be challenging.
When I’m not in the office I enjoy playing with my two kids, exploring
new music or new cuisines with my wife, traveling with my family to experience
new places and cultures, watching movies, and reading. I am also very
passionate about advocating for social justice reform and try my best
to make time to volunteer to help those less fortunate. I am honored to
care for your little ones.”
For more information on Dr. Castro, please click on his link.
Jean Chou, MD, FAAP
“I believe listening to a patient’s story is vital to successfully
diagnosing and treating illness. I also believe preventative care goes
a long way, so I spend a lot of time educating both parents and children
about how to take care of their bodies, physically and emotionally. I
have three children and together with my husband we keep our family healthy
by eating well, sleeping as much as possible, and exercising through activities
that we enjoy doing. When not in the office I enjoy reading, cooking,
staying active through running and yoga, and spending time with my family;
movie nights at home are a favorite of mine. I am honored to build a relationship
of trust and understanding with my young patients and their parents.”
For more information on Dr. Chou, please click on her link.
Diala Faddoul, MD
“I treat my patients like family. I make myself available to them
as much as possible to help them through the challenges of staying healthy.
I’ve learned a lot raising my own two children and being a parent
has helped me truly understand the concerns and fears that parents have
when their little ones are ill. I try to quell those fears as much as
possible through education and sharing my own experiences as a parent.
I practice healthy habits with my husband and two children by hiking or
going on walks regularly, and eating healthy meals. When not in the office
I enjoy playing the piano, playing tennis, and reading. I enjoy making
a positive difference in my patients’ health and improving the quality
of their lives."
For more information on Dr. Faddoul, please click on her link.
- Kirsten Gardner, MD, FAAP
Peter J. Koetters, MD, FAAP
“On my desk is a framed school assignment from the 2nd grade explaining why I wanted to be a doctor. I always did, especially
since I loved my own pediatrician as a child. My wife and I have a son
affected by autism; he was another big reason why I chose to pursue pediatrics.
Observing and participating in his care has greatly informed my approach
to medicine. I practice evidence-based care, eliminating unnecessary or
unhelpful treatments. I listen carefully to both my patients and their
parents to uncover the issues and treat any illness effectively. I also
believe that the mind has a powerful influence on health and well-being
so I strongly promote mental health. I encourage everyone to be curious
about life, and balance work/school with a variety of interests. When
not in the office, I enjoy constructing crossword puzzles. A couple dozen
of my puzzles have been published in the NY Times, LA Times, and other
publications. I also enjoy listening to classical music, watching classic
and modern film, playing with our dog, traveling with my family, and,
more recently, cooking has become a hobby of mine.”
For more information on Dr. Koetters, please click on his link.
- Gregory Lizer, MD, FAAP
- Shakeh Mazmanian, MD, MPH, FAAP
John Rodarte, MD, FAAP
“Communication is the key to practicing good medicine. I like to
make sure parents and my patients (when old enough) understand their illness
and how best to treat it. I love getting to know my families more and
more over time, which makes the entire working relationship better for
everyone. Being a parent has helped me relate to the families I care for.
It’s fun to share stories of my own experiences that let parents
know I truly understand their concerns. When not in the office I enjoy
going to the gym, playing the drums, and being outdoors including mountain
climbing and hiking. I love spending time with my two sons traveling,
going to sports events, building Legos, and hiking. I am also a Reserve
Deputy Sheriff on the Montrose Search & Rescue Team, a “White
Suiter” for the Tournament of Roses, and I work with the non-profit
group, Healing Hearts Across Borders. Some of my favorite experiences
have been having some of my former patients volunteer alongside me with
that group in Mexico. I truly enjoy helping people live a healthy life.”
For more information on Dr. Rodarte, please click on his link.
- Ann Sahakian, MD, FAAP